Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Wrinkle in Time Unit Study

The first project we’re going to tackle is a A Wrinkle in Time unit study. Since I am writing this as I create it, you’ll get two chapters each week. This is because we are reading two chapters a week. That makes sense, right? There are twelve chapters in this book. When I have completed all the weeks, I’ll link all the posts together in one place to make it easier. In the meantime, enjoy!

First, I want to talk about unit studies a little bit. Unit studies are basically taking one subject and using that subject across the curriculum. So, for our A Wrinkle in Time unit study, we’ll learn about literature, history, science, math, vocabulary, and art.

For this unit study, my children will be making a notebook. We will make at least one notebook page for each chapter. Each chapter notebook page will include the following information: setting, new characters, short synopsis, vocabulary, history, science, and math. The first page (about the book as a whole, versus a single chapter) will include a short paragraph about the life of the author, as well as some history. Any extra activities done will be added after the first notebook page for each chapter. So, if we do a word search for the vocabulary lesson, the word search will be added to the notebook behind the chapter page.

Note: This unit study guide will not include literature information such as questions, themes, etc. For more literature information, including questions, activities, character analysis, themes, and concepts, please visit Consumer Help Web, and Easy Fun School.

Author Study:
Look up Madeline L’Engle’s biography. Did you know she wasn’t published until she was 40? Write a short paragraph about Madeline L’Engle’s Life.

History:
Look up what was going on in the world at the time of the book’s publishing. Add these things to a timeline, or write about them on a notebook page.

Setting:
The Murry house: You could have your children draw a cross-section of what they think the Murry house would look like. You could also have them draw the attic, or the kitchen.

Characters:
In this chapter, we meet Meg Murry, Charles Wallace, Mrs. Murry, and Mrs. Whatsit. Although the twins, Sandy and Dennys, are mentioned in this chapter, we don’t really meet them until later in the book.

Vocabulary:
There are many activities you can do with a vocabulary lesson. First, a child should understand the meaning of the words. See if your child can guess the meaning of the words before looking them up in the dictionary. Learning to infer meaning from context is an important skill. Look the words up in the dictionary. Have the children use the words in a sentence. If they are able to write, have them write the words and sentences. You can use the words as spelling words. You could choose a few words to add to a regular spelling program, if you already use one. At Puzzlemaker you can make word searches, crossword puzzles, cryptograms, and other puzzles.

Here are some suggested vocabulary words:

wraithlike
delinquent
exclusive
prodigious
dignity
frivoling
tesseract
constable
Argyle


History/Science/Math:

Look up tesseracts. If you would like to tie in a history lesson, do a short biography on the mathematician Charles Howard Hinton, the person known for coining the term tesseract. His work, ”A New Era of Thought” is available online.

You could also look up Llewellyn Setters and greyhounds. Your students could draw what they think Fortinbras would look like, based on these studies.

Also mentioned in Chapter 1, are geraniums, and chrysanthemums. You could do a nature study on these.

For math, you could not only study tesseracts, but geometric patterns (mentioned in the description of the kitchen curtains).

If you have any other suggestions for Chapter 1, let me know and I’ll add them. Thanks!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, so I just discovered that I view everything as a unit study! When I read a book, I do all those 'unit study' things - especially non-fiction and children's books. When I learn something new, I dive into it unit study style, and learn everything I can about it from every different angle and try to think of all the ways it affects knowledge I already have. Thank you Papa for making me a unit study lifer!

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